Everyone starts their clean eating journey for different reasons.  For me it was the desire to rid my body (and my families) of processed foods, added chemicals and unnatural preservatives.  Once we made the decision to eat clean we immediately switched to eating 100% organic foods and carefully read the labels of every item we put in our shopping cart.  I researched each ingredient that I was unfamiliar with and learned a lot about what I had previously been putting into my body.

What does Grass Fed mean?

As a family of meat lovers we quickly switched from buying our meat at a chain supermarket to purchasing them from our local health food store where they sold grass fed meats that I assumed were the best meats for eating clean.  What exactly does Grass Fed mean?   It means the animals have to be fed a diet of grass, hay, and forage their entire lives, and be provided access to pasture.  This does NOT mean that they can’t be fed OTHER things as well, like GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) corn or grains.  Now, I knew I didn’t want to buy conventional meat (non-grass fed beef) as it came from cows that were fed genetically modified corn as their primary diet.  Antibiotics are also given to them because bacteria like E coli are created in the stomachs of these animals as a result of their inappropriate diet. Did you know that  an estimated 70% of the nation’s antibiotics are fed to livestock and poultry to prevent illnesses and promote growth (Time, Grass Fed Revolution)?  Some 300 organizations, including the American Medical Association, have called for an end to nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in animal feed. Today’s ground beef has bits of literally thousands of different steer, making contamination of bacteria a big problem.  The factories solution to ensure that a recall doesn’t happen is to wash meat in ammonia before packing to kill the E coli.  The animals often stand in their own waste until the time they are taken for slaughter and as a result are breathing in the waste as well. Knowing all this makes my stomach turn and paying an extra $1 or $2 for grass fed meat was something I was more than happy to do.  Then one day it dawned on me as I was standing at the meat counter buying my meat that the grass fed meat I had always purchased wasn’t labeled organic!  Did this matter?  Was there really a difference?

Grass Fed versus Certified Organic Grass Fed

The short answer, YES and YES!!!!  Why does it matter?  Because to be labeled as certified organic meat the animal must be raised and TRACKED from BIRTH to consumption by organic regulations, implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2002.  Certified organic meat is banned from using antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids and animal bi-products in it’s cattle feed.  In addition, certified organic animals are raised on land that remains in its natural state without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers and have unrestricted outdoor access, receive humane treatment and are not raised in a feedlot. So what is the difference between grass fed meat and certified organic grass fed meats?  Well, while some farmers who sell grass fed meats often follow the guidelines set forth by the USDA for organic farming, their animals are often bought at auctions where the animals previous feed and living conditions are as far from ‘clean’ and humane as you can get.  The animals often have been pumped with antibiotics, growth hormones and steroids before they are purchased.  The animals are also fed a diet of only genetically modified corn so that they are plumped up and ready for sale.

Rocky Mountain Certified Organic Meats

POP!  That’s the sound of my bubble being burst thinking that the grass fed meats I was feeding my family was clean and healthy.  While grass fed meats are certainly healthier than conventional meats, they do not come with a guarantee to be free of genetically modified foods.  What’s the point of buying fruits, vegetables and other food items that are organic when a main source of my diet isn’t?!  I quickly turned to Google to see what options I had.  Boy was I surprised to find that finding a supplier of certified organic grass fed meat was not that easy.  There was literally less than a handful of sites that I found who supply this type of meat.

Luckily I did find one of them  - Rocky Mountain Organic Meats.  I actually called Rod (who is their Chief Operating Officer/President) and spoke with him on the phone about his company and how the animals are raised and the importance of sustainable farming.  For me, I like to know where my food comes from and connect with the people who bring it to me. Rod literally makes you feel like part of the family and his knowledge of organic and sustainable agriculture is amazing.  Rocky Mountain Organic Meats operate a large (the largest in America!) 595,000 open acre ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and Montana.  All of their meats are 100% certified organic grass fed AND 100% grass finished.  As Rod was explaining to me you’ll often find grass fed labeled beef that is raised on grass and finished on a grain diet (usually a GMO diet).  On larger-scale farms, even with organics, it’s more efficient to ready an entire herd to be slaughtered all at once. USDA organic-certification rules permit farmers to fatten a grass-fed herd up with corn, soy, or other grain-based feed.  But not Rocky Mountain Organic Meats!  Their livestock is raised the old-fashioned way; no steroids or growth hormones, no antibiotics and no grain.  Their animals roam free on their certified organic pastures and have access to clean water and fresh air.  One of the things that really struck a cord with me is the farming practice that Rod and his team use.  His team believes that using environmentally friendly agricultural practices and livestock friendly animal husbandry techniques not only create a good product but are the right things to do. They only process healthy animals and the livestock is never penned as in commercial feedlot practices.

Health Benefits?

The process to become certified organic is no easy task.  As Rod was explaining to me it’s a difficult process but one that he and the company feels strongly about.  They truly care about giving you the best product there is and believe that organic farming and ranching really do produce the best, and they are right!  When animals are 100% certified organic grass-fed, their meat is not only lower in saturated fats but also slightly higher in omega-3 fatty acids, the healthy fats found in salmon and flaxseed, which studies indicate may help prevent heart disease and bolster the immune system (UCS report).  It’s not just us humans that get the benefits of organic grass fed meats - your pets can experience the difference too!  Rocky Mountain Organic Meats sells pet treats that are CLEAN and organic as well as soup bones with meat for your four legged friends!

Seeing the difference

Rod was kind enough to send me a care package with a sampling of some of their meats and I was able to see first hand the quality of the meat.  I actually had a package of non organic grass fed ground beef in my fridge and when the care package arrived I placed both the Rocky Mountain organic ground beef and the non organic grass fed beef next to each other and immediately saw the difference!  The meat from Rocky Mountain was a bright red and didn’t have that sour smell that beef can sometimes have.  The non organic grass fed beef has a brownish red tint and smelled somewhat sour even though I had purchased it earlier that day from the market.  The biggest difference for us was taste!  I actually made Clean Eating Asiago Meatballs (recipe coming soon) with BOTH of the meats.  We then did a side by side taste test and hands down preferred the Rocky Mountain meat.  Along with ground beef they offer a TON of different cuts of meats along with beef hot dogs (my kids declared these the best hot dogs they ever had!), summer sausage and even lamb!  While they do have some products that contain organic sugar the vast majority of their products are 100% perfect for a clean eating lifestyle.  For me and my family, we will never get our meat anywhere else again.  They had us with the first bite.

In the care package we received was a cube steak.  Honestly, I had never cooked with cube steak and actually had to Google to find out what cut of meat it was and how it should be used.  Cube steak is a cut of beef, usually top round or top sirloin, tenderized by fierce pounding with a meat mallet or with use of an electric tenderizer.  I wanted to make a meal that would highlight the tenderness of the steak and pair it with some delicious flavors.  This Clean Eating Breakfast Taco did just that!  The meat is cut into pieces and sauteed with green and red peppers, onions and garlic.  Followed by a sprinkle of Asiago cheese and then topped with a fried egg and salsa.  It was amazing!  It’s definitely in our top 5 favorite meals and that is truly an accomplishment!  I hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. In a large skillet on medium heat add in the onions and saute until they are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add  in the red and green pepper and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.

    Cook the meat until nicely browned

  3. Add in the cube steak and garlic to the onion/pepper mixture and saute until the meat is thoroughly cooked and nicely browned, about 10-15 minutes..  Remove from the heat.
  4. In a medium skillet cook your eggs to your desired doneness.  For a soft center (sunny side up), 4-5 minutes.  For a medium center (over medium), 6 minutes. For a hard center (over hard), 15-17 minutes.
  5. To assemble your taco, place about 1/2 cup of meat mixture on your taco shell, add a sprinkle of Asiago cheese and top with 1/2 a cooked egg, salsa and cilantro.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 6 breakfast tacos.

Serving size 1 taco.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 342.5, Cal. from Fat: 119, Total Fat: 13g, Sat. Fat: 4.5g, Carbs: 27.5g, Fiber: 6g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 27g, Sodium: 109mg, Chol: 157mg

Notes:

If you want to lower the cholesterol amount in the recipe substitute egg whites and scramble them in your skillet for about 7 minutes.

Wanna chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Rocky Mountain Organic Meats?  Check out the details below for your chance to win!

  • PRIZE: $50 gift certificate redeemable at Rocky Mountain Organic Meats
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “Rocky Mountain Organic Meats” and…
  • BONUS QUESTION: … let us know what types of meats you would want to try.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Saturday, April 2nd at 8pm CST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
  • PRIZE SHIPS: The United States only
  • FINE PRINT: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winners will be selected using random.org and announced on our Facebook Page on Monday, April 4th at 8am CST.  Make sure to follow us on Facebook to see if you’ve won!

Congratulations to Rebecca who is our winner of the $50 gift certificate to Rocky Mountain Organic Meats

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21 Comments

 
  1. Jennifer Taber says:

    I would really like to try some ground beef from Rocky Mountain Organic Meats as well as their beef hot dogs.

  2. Christina Taylor says:

    Rocky Mountain Organic Meats - I would love to try some ground beef or those hot dogs!

  3. Leslie Thousand says:

    I would like to try some ground beef or a roast from Rocky Mountain Organic Meats!

  4. Rebecca Weber says:

    SO excited to come across this company!! I would love to try ANYTHING! Seriously, the amount of conscious effort that Rocky Mountain Organic Meats puts into their product is just what my family is looking for! We could get creative with any meat selection!
    woo hoo!!

  5. Kelly Danbury says:

    I would love to try the Rocky Mountain Organic Meats ground beef!

  6. Christina Kaplan says:

    I am looking for a great place to get my grass fed beef and Rocky Mountain Organic meats seems like the place! I can’t wait to try it!! I would love to try their ribeye steaks!

  7. Marie Major says:

    I would most definitely like to try Rocky Mountain Organic Meats. I would be most interested in trying their NY Strip Steaks and their jerky!

  8. Amanda says:

    I would love to try Rocky Mountain Organic Meats ground beef and beef tenderloin! Thank you for the information given in this post!!

  9. Joanne says:

    Rocky Mountain Organic Meats sounds like a company I want to support! I would love to try any steak and ground beef!

  10. bridget says:

    Rocky Mountain Organic Meats is right up my alley! Not having ever tried lamb - I think the ground meats sampler looks like a good place to start and still get lots of variety. Yum Yum! Thank YOU for doing the research and sharing with us!

  11. Cindy Nolt says:

    “Rocky Mountain Organic Meats” - I would love to try the ground beef and the cube steaks!

  12. Andrea says:

    WOW Thanks for the info I didn’t realize that grass fed didn’t equal clean! I would love to try some ground beef of skirt steaks from Rocky Mountain Organic Meats. Even if I don’t win I am so going to check them out. I have found that as I become more aware of clean eating I don’t eat as much meat anyway because it is super hard to find even grass fed meat in my area.

    Thanks! -Andrea

  13. TC says:

    When I moved to the NW (leaving Wisconsin and all its farmland behind), it was hard to adjust to the meats we ate. We found them to be very different, and it wasn’t bad, but ‘different’. It made me wonder why the meats in two states could be so different. I later found out: the beef we were getting in the NW were NOT fed yuck, and were grass fed which accounted for the different flavoring. I cannot wait to try Rocky Mountain Organic Meats (the cube steak and hot dogs are probably best for our family to start with, but we do love our roasts!) and recapture the good meat we left behind!

  14. Cindy S.S. says:

    I am grateful for Clean Eating and the education I receive that helps me to make safer and wiser choices at the grocery store. Now I’ve learned about Rocky Mountain Organic Meats and the benefits of their practices to my family’s health. I wish continued success to both enterprises!

  15. Cara Dafforn says:

    Rocky Mountain meats would be a great addition to the U-relish Farm slow cooked meal prepared at home in a minute.

  16. Krystal says:

    Ooh - I’d love to try the beef brisket from Rocky Mountain Organic Meats!

  17. Anne says:

    I would love to try Rocky Mountain Organic Meats. I would love to try the cube steak, sounds delicious!

  18. Larri says:

    Wow, all of this time I thought I was choosing “clean” beef… without companies like Rocky Mountain Organic Meats, I would now consider going veggan! I would love to try their ground beef, cube steaks, beef hot dogs, beef ribs, skirt steak… I think I may run out of room! I want to try it all! Thanks for the great post!

  19. Vicki Newman says:

    I would love to try the ground beef, hot dogs and a roast. It sounds so delicious!

  20. Rocky Mountain Organic Meats - I’d love to try any of their red meat.

 
 

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